Teeth stains are completely normal! And, luckily, in most cases, a very easy issue to combat.
While gleaming, white teeth are not hard to obtain, everyday foods and other indulgences can make then difficult to maintain. Of course, there are many other factors such as tobacco use and even genetics that can impact the severity of stains adhering to or within your teeth.
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We all like the look of clean, sparkling white teeth. But, realistically, the brightest and whitest teeth may not be achievable for everyone. Before you begin a tooth whitening regimen or undergo a laser whitening treatment, such as Zoom Whitening, it’s important to temper your whitening expectations so that you that the outcome is aligned with a reasonable whitening potential based on your current oral health, existing dental work and/or habits. Continue reading “Teeth Whitening Expectations”
Teeth whitening treatments, including in-home whitening trays or strips and laser whitening treatments such as Zoom whitening, can cause high levels of teeth sensitivity or pain for some people. Usually, people with sensitivity to teeth whitening will experience discomfort or pain during whitening treatments or in the minutes, hours or days following a specific treatment. Typical discomfort is often attributed to either the teeth or gums and is based on the type of teeth whitening treatment.
Luckily, there are preventative and pain-relieving measures that can be taken to reduce sensitivity and discomfort associated with teeth whitening treatments. And do you know what’s even better? In general, these options require a minimum effort on your part and include doing things such as dialing back your whitening frequency, using specific types of toothpaste, watching what you eat, and using straws. Continue reading “Reducing Pain and Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening”
If your little one’s teeth have begun to fall out, and their permanent replacements appear to be lagging far behind, you may wish to consider a space maintainer to minimize future orthodontic work. Believe it or not, the absence of your child’s teeth might seem cute now, but those tiny little gaps can cause deep gouges in your pocketbook as you watch them fill up with teeth that don’t belong there. Space maintainers are simple to use, kids get along fine with them, and they have become the de-facto standard for protecting the cosmetic and functional aspects of your child’s dental health.
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As a busy freelance photographer, wife and mother Jenn always wanted to straighten her smile but didn’t have enough time with the upkeep of traditional metal braces. Jenn never had braces in her adolescent years and as an adult she continually saw features about her smile that she wanted to change. Continue reading “Invisalign Patient Profile: Jenn”
Long-time Westend Dental patient, Amy, was never overly enthusiastic about her once straight smile. Despite having braces during her adolescent years, Amy’s teeth shifted when her wisdom teeth grew in. After this Amy’s smile always annoyed her. Continue reading “Invisalign Patient Profile: Amy”
Something you may want to consider, as the end of the year approaches, is that many dental insurance plans are structured with benefits that expire at the end of the year. Flexible spending accounts (FSA or HSA) are excellent tools to help defray medical costs. However, many plans offer benefits that do not carry over to the next year. Continue reading “Don’t Lose Your Insurance Benefits”